Brewed by Backus y Johnston (SABMiller)
Style: Pale Lager
Lima, Peru


on tap

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RATINGS: 331   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.96/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Brewed since 1921, Cristal is Perus No. 1 selling beer, combining a light-bodied liquid with strong Andean imagery. It has been the No. 1 selling U.S. import from South America over the last eight years, primarily appealing to the approximately one million Peruvian consumers in the U.S.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
yespr (40865) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2007
12 fl oz. Pours hazy pale yellow with a lacing head. Sweet citric to acidic note. Malty, hay and grassy flavour, slight sweet to medium dry. Finish is dry malty/grassy. Not _so_ bad and another country rating down. Huge thanks to Paps for putting this on the table!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
almosi (282) - Via del Mar, CHILE - AUG 6, 2007
Has a golden color, with few white lights. Has a nice fresh malty aroma, and a little bit of malt flavour too. In a warm day, it is drunk well.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (9610) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2007
Bottle while dining at Mochica Restaurant in San Francisco. Pretty standard pale lager fare, not much flavour to comment on but clean palate, crisp finish. Decent enough.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Pours lemony yellow with a spritzy white head. Vegetal smell is creamed corn and dirty straw. There seems to some diacytel in the body, but I welcome it as buttery caramel is much more interesting than grass and corn. Easy to drink, but in the end just another crappy pale lager.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2007
Very watery beer. The good side was it didnt have any horrible flavors, rather lifeless and minimal flavor. The bad side was it lacked crispness. Slightly bad flavor in the aftertaste, hard to pinpoint, but kinda like chewing on a bitter orange peel and filmy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
LordBeamish (144) - Boozetown, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2007
330 ml bottle: Thanks to my buddy for bringing this one back from Peru. Not much aroma...slightly grainy if anything. Poured a light straw (urine) colour with ample carbonation and a small, white head. Little flavour at the front of the palate. Extremely light with little going on. Leaves a weird film on the back of the throat. Not completely horrible but far from brilliant.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2007
Bottled, from a supermaket in Spain.
Pale yellow colour, soft very fine, fizzy white head, disipating quickly. Sweet, light bitter aroma. Sweet flavour with a dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
MrBunn (2738) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2007
Bottle. Another wonderful international lager. Umm... well, its like most of the best and hopefully not indicative of the best that Peru has to offer. Body is a light gold color that has a one finger high head. Aromas are of apple juice with a touch of corn/oats grain. Flavor is sweet with a grainy finish. Ho hum.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2007
Very Pale Yellow Gold with White Skin. Sweet Grains, Light Honey Flavor..Slightly Dry and Stale Aftertaste. Very Light Bodied and Flavored..Not Offensive.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2007
Probably not representative to the Peru brewing culture, this beer is practically no different than half the other macro pale lagers Ive had from across the globe. Grass, skunk, and water. Not much else.

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